Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Biodiversity Network (SAFBIN)

SAFBIN is an action research programme from Caritas Organisations to address the issues of climate change and food security of smallholder farmers in South Asia. The programme aiming to achieve SDG 2, is inspired by the achievements and mutual learning process of the Caritas Partners in a successful previous phase of regional programme under the European Union Global Programme on Agriculture Research for Development (ARD).

SAFBIN is a multi-dimensional and multi-sector programme aimed to address the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries. The innovative models piloted by the smallholder farmers from five rainfed Agro-Ecosystems (AES) in South Asia will be scalable and replicable in all similar Agro-Ecosystems. This programme will primarily contribute in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 of United Nations: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in South Asia”.

The overall programme will benefit about 40000 people living in 165 villages of 21 districts in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The first phase of the programme will be implemented from April, 2018 in 95 villages of 11 districts, benefiting about 22000 people.

SAFBIN programme follows farmer led collective on-farm adaptive research, farming system and partnership approaches to empower the smallholder farmers in:

Caritas organisations part of this initiative are the official national organisations of the Catholic Bishops' Conference for social development in their respective countries. They are also members of Caritas Internationalis in Rome, which is a global confederation of 165 Catholic organisations working in humanitarian emergencies and international development. Implementing partners in South Asia are the members of Caritas Asia, which is also a strategic partner of this programme.

Caritas India, Caritas Bangladesh, Caritas Nepal and Caritas Pakistan will be implementing this programme in South Asia with the support of Caritas Austria and Caritas Switzerland. They will collaborate and partner with global and national research institutions, national agricultural research system and universities to implement this programme.








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Case Studies
  • Indian smallholder farmers revive kodo for their nutritional security

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  • 03/07/2013

Kodo millet (paspalum scrobiculatum L.) was introduced to India almost 3000 years ago. On a national level it is only a minor grain crop, but on the Deccan Plateau it plays a much larger role. Some of kodo millet’s nutritional qualities bypass the more common cereals like rice and wheat. Kodo millet contains 10% protein and is an excellent source of fibre and other nutrients adding to the diversification of lo ... Read more

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  • Kitchen Gardens for food and nutritional security of Indian smallholders

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  • 14/11/2013

Smallholder farmers often lack sufficient cash income to meet their food and nutritional demands adequately. One way to address this issue is the establishment of kitchen gardens. By directing some family labour power towards the management of a kitchen garden, even with limited land resources a small area around the house can make a difference in the lives of many. Taking local opportunities, preferences and challe ... Read more

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  • Drought tolerant rice varieties help farmers to adapt to changing monsoon in Nepal

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  • 01/05/2013

Suja Rokaya is 40 years old and owns a farm in Alayachour village, Surkhet district, Mid-Western Nepal. On his 9 kattha (0.3ha) he produces rice, vegetables and potatoes. 10 family members depend on the harvest. As his land is unable to produce enough food Mr. Rokaya leases another 0.5ha by an Adhiya arrangement. In this way, he was manages food security and income of his family.Suja Rokaya reports how low rice prod ... Read more

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  • Naphtalene as alternative pesticide against rice insects

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  • 22/04/2012

Kumroil is a SAF-BIN project villate in Natore district, Bangladesh. 80% of the villagers depend on agriculture. The main food crops of this village are rice, wheat, mung bean, eggplant, and green chilly. The threats and vulnerabilities of the agricultural production are increasing due to climate change.During the participatory rural appraisal conducted un the initial stage of SAF-BIN project, information on the loc ... Read more

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  • Multi-fold production increase through SAF-BIN project reported from Madhya Pradesh

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  • 10/09/2015

Jaitu Singh Maravi, a smallholder famer from Bijatola village, Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA has increased the production of paddyrice by 250% using climate resilient practices. His family's food security has now increased from 4 months to 10 months. Jaitu Singh is a member of SAF-BIN Smallholder Farmer's Collective (SHFC) for the last 4 years. Sunil Simon, South Asia Programme Manager – SAFBI ... Read more

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  • Bringing back snails and oysters – traditional food basket of the Santal

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  • 02/03/2014

Bangladesh is a multicultural country in which 45 tribes of indigenous people live. The Santal is one of them who live in SAF-BIN project area. Sale Hasda (45), a poor farmer, also belongs to this group. He has a family of four that depends on the income of Hasda’s income as agricultural daily labourer. Close to his house, he owns a ditch nearby 0f 0.032 hectare.

During a meeting of the smallholder ... Read more

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  • Friendship with the climate

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  • 15/07/2015

Delep Kumar Chakrabarti is a young smallholder farmer from Mohimapur Village of Naogaon District in Bangladesh. He lives in a small double story mud house with his wife and his 6 year old son. He has one acre of land which he cultivates throughout the year to feed his small family. His continuous involvement with Caritas Bangladesh develo ... Read more

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  • SAF-BIN farmers innovate with Black Gram cultivation

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  • 20/05/2014

Black gram, locally known as Urad dal, is the major food crop of smallholder farmers of Sagar district. The crop is cultivated mainly for meeting the consumption needs and thus constitutes the mainstay of household food security. This year, smallholder farmers of Shahgarh block of Sagar district designed and implemented an improved black gram cultivation system that can resist the attack of the dreaded Yell ... Read more

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  • New poultry breeds make Santi Costa happy

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  • 13/06/2014

Santi Costa (55) is a small farmer and member of the smallholder farmers collective (SHFC) of her village Sreekhondi in Natore district, Bangladesh. The SHFC is supported by SAF-BIN project since 2011. She is widow and housewife with three grown children. A core source of Santi Costa’s income is backyard poultry. Additionally her son contributes with his small income. She keeps local poultry. But in recent tim ... Read more

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  • Success of Cultivation of adaptive crops in Rainfed area

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  • 15/07/2013

Success of Cultivation of adaptive crops in Rainfed area

Md. Mogibor Rahman (55) lives in Sarmongla village under Paba upazila of Rajshahi district. He left school when he was in class four. His family consists of five members. Mr. Rahman has only 1.33 acre of cultivable land which is under rainfed ecosystem. His livelihood depends on agriculture and agriculture is the ma ... Read more

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  • Profitable Potato Growing in Drought Affected Areas

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  • 26/04/2013

Anup Singh Dhurve, a smallholder farmer, had been cultivating potato in his small backyard plot for the last 10 years. All that Anup Singh could allocate for the potato cultivation was a 4x4 meter plot which he irrigated with the waste water from the house. Until this year, the highest potato harvest that this small plot yielded was 35 kilograms in spite of the heavy dose of chemical fertilisers. Na ... Read more